Express Outreach Award 2008-09: Taking it to the Streets
Sharp Healthcare sponsors one of the two Community Health Libraries in San Diego County. Attendance at community fairs has financial costs involved, but is worth the time and expense in order to disseminate both health information as well as how to access health information on their own, particularly medlineplus.gov. After attending fairs in 2008, it became clear that many people do not know about medlineplus.gov, do not think of themselves as consumers of health care, and do not know about the Sharp Community Health Library, which is open to the public. Having a presence at health and community fairs allows us to educate about available resources in a variety of formats, and encourage use of the personal service offered by the Librarian and Library Assistant through email, phone call and in person. Visitors to the Library last year spanned a wide variety of ages, languages, literacy abilities and health concerns.